The Otter hiking trail.
The Otter Trail hiking experience - a trail of wonder and delusions.
Signing in at the Otter trail - best hike in South Africa
The Otter Trail is located in the Eastern Cape in the Tsitsikamma National
Park and considered by most
hikers to be the best
hiking trail in South Africa.
This five day hiking experience will stay with you for the rest of your life.
The start of the trail is at the Storms River mouth and ends at Natures
Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park, after an exhilarating 42km hike .
Sign in and buy a permit at the registration centre next to the entrance
gate. You can watch an orientation video if time allows.
The start of the trail is about 1 kilometer by road from the registration area.
Hit the trail and follow the yellow otter footprints.
Day 1 (Start to Ngubu)
The 4,7km you hike during the first day takes you along the coastline along boulders
through some forest and ends at the at Ngubu hut which is a cosy wooden cabin
close to the sea. This is the shortest and flattest section of the hike.
Day 2 (Ngubu to Scott)
The 7.9kms on the second day, starts at the Ngubu hut and ends at the Scott
Hut. Climb and then a walk through forest to rocky outcrop and vantage point
called Skilderkrans across Kleinbos river along Blue Bay beach to end at Scott
Day 3 (Scott to Oakhurst)
The 7.7 kms on the third starts at Scott hut across the Geelhoutbos
river along the coastline to the Elandsbos river along the coast over the
Lottering river to end at the Oakhurst huts.
Day 4 (Oakhurst to Andre)
The13.8 kms on the fourth day starts at Oakhurst huts and a 10km walk
takes you to the Bloukrans river estuary and takes approximately four and a half
hours to reach. This river is best crossed during low tide and hikers should be
prepared to float their packs across the river. Once the river has
been crossed it is approximately another 3.8 kilometers to end at the overnight
Care must be taken to cross the river at low tide.
Day 5 (Andre to Nature's Valley)
The 6.8 kms on the last day starts at the Andre huts over the Klip river with a climb to the top and along the edge of a cliff down to and
across the Helpmekaar river along the beach to end in Nature's Valley, where
tired hikers can relax , discuss and ponder over the great adventure of the
Natures Valley at trails end is a welcome site and a wonderful place to rest up
before going back to daily life.
Although along the Otter trail there is an abundance of water, it is advisable
to take along some water purification tablets. Firewood is supplied at the
overnight huts but may be wet after rains. There are braai areas at the huts,
but taking along your own gas stove with cooking utensils is advisable. Be aware
of the dates and the times of the high and low tides it is important when it
comes to crossing the bigger rivers such as the Elandsbos and the Bloukrans
There are several escape routes that lead to the N2. The Otter trail escape
routes are indicated as E 1/ 6 on the map. Cell phone reception may be reached
Enquiries and bookings for the Otter trail:
National Parks Board
Telephone: +27 12 426 5111
Fax: +27 12 343 0905